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No Worries

The days were tight with meetings and workshops. The stress of packing, travelling, unpacking and facilitating back-to-back sessions added up to one super big knot of tension which ran from the base of my neck right down into my spine.

And then, unexpectedly a gift of a few free moments just before leaving Grand Cayman to take a relaxing walk on the beach early in the morning. It was great to feel the pressure flowing out of my body as I inhaled the crisp clean air and enjoyed the gentle playful waves caressing my ankles as they whispered: “no worries!”

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How do you like to relax? Do you prefer to be alone or in the company of others? If you have young children can you even relax at all? Leave me a comment🙂

 

 


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50 Years Ain’t 50 Days

One year ago I wrote a post about my island home Barbados. You can read about it here: My Home, My Love, My Beautiful Barbados. However this year, in 2016, we are celebrating 50 years of independence and as Barbadians would tell you “50 years ain’t 50 days” aka that is a whole lot of years to be managing your own affairs! What an achievement!

It has been a long road. As a country we have enjoyed good times and bad times, yet through it all we remain totally proud of the little rock Bajans call home. This time around I wanted to share some photos of our capital city Bridgetown. This particular area is a beautiful oasis in the middle of a bustling city; am sure you will love it as much as I do.

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Come Visit Bridgetown

Barbados.org is my usual ‘go to’ site for anything Barbados and here is what was shared about the quaint space on our island known as Bridgetown.

A Little History Lesson

“Bridgetown is steeped in rich history, evidenced in some of the centuries old British colonial architecture which remains today. This well-preserved city built in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, was originally named “Indian Bridge” for the rude bridge which had been constructed over the river (now known as the Careenage) by the Amerinidians. It was later called the “town of St. Michael” in official documents, before finally being named Bridgetown.”  Read more

We’ve Grown Up!

“With a population of about 110,000, Bridgetown is the island’s largest and most vibrant city! After all, it is the capital and commercial centre of Barbados. Steeped in rich history and culture, Bridgetown today reflects a mix of the old and the new, with historic sites and buildings sitting amongst modern structures like multi-storey offices, financial institutions and shopping malls.There is almost always activity in this lively city, as locals and visitors alike go about their business and partake in the diverse shopping, dining and cultural experiences Bridgetown offers. Pleasure craft like yachts, catamarans and fishing boats conveniently dock right in the heart of the city. Visitors will also appreciate the abundance of duty free shopping opportunities available in Bridgetown, as well as the local charm the city brings.” Read more

Learn More About Barbados

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What About You?

What do you love most about your country? Do you celebrate or observe a special day too? Share your national pride by leaving a comment or a link to your blog telling us a little about where you live🙂

 

 


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Tiny Yet Magical

It’s interesting how something so tiny can result in something so magical. Nothing like communing with nature up front and center every morning before going to work  :-)

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A few tiny bird seeds and rice grains …

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… produce a magical feeding moment🙂

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Loving My Rock, My Barbados

Do you have a music video that makes you love your country that little bit more? Well I have several but for now I am going to share this one by Yannick Hooper with you. It makes me goose-bumpy and weepy … albeit admitting these emotions may be as a result of constantly flashing hotly but still, every time I watch it I am that much prouder to be a Bajan🙂

“He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.” ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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Super Healthy Veggie Casserole

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This is one of the easiest dishes to prepare and involves a minimum of three vegetables for starters: squash, onions and chives (or green onions). You can use as much or as little of any veggies as  you want; it’s all about flavour and colour, so the sky is the limit. I use anything that is in season as long as I like it but try to go easy on the spinach (can sometimes turn the red onion into a strange colour if you use too much).

This recipe yields enough to last five days or an entire work week … well, that depends on how fast or slow you consume these veggies but let’s get started.

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Ingredients:

1 medium sized Squash
2 large Red Onions (or normal onions – your call)
8 stalks of Chives
10 medium-sized Okras (optional)
Few leaves of Spinach (optional)
2 Large Carrots (optional)
4 English potatoes (optional)
1 Cucumber (optional)

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Parsley Flakes
Salt
White & Black Pepper
Ginger (powdered or fresh)
Garlic Salt

 

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Method:

  1. Wash and thinly slice the squash, potatoes, and cucumbers; do not peel.
  2. Place in a large bowl.
  3. Wash, thinly slice and add the remaining vegetables.
  4. Sprinkle dashes of salt, white and black pepper, powdered ginger and garlic salt to taste
  5. Mix thoroughly
  6. Spray the bottom of a large glass baking dish with Olive Oil
  7. Add your veggies, and after sprinkling with 2 – 3 tablespoons of Coconut Oil cover the dish with foil
  8. Bake for approximately 30 minutes at 350 degrees Celsius
  9. Let cool and serve🙂
  10. So yummy!

Preparation Time:

15 – 20 minutes or as long as it takes you to slice and dice your veggies, so the time really is dependent on your quantities.  Here’s a hint though: prepare more than you need and then freeze all that is left over for your next casserole dish.

Loved this recipe? Then stay tuned for more easy-peasy ones. In the meantime, good luck with your super healthy veggie casseroles and let’s get this healthy party started. Here’s how:

  1. Make your casserole
  2. Take a photo of the finished product
  3. Post it on your blog or FB page with a comment or two (especially if your family loved it)
  4. Make sure you link your post back to the recipe here using this note: “get this easy recipe here http://wp.me/p2CNyA-3bB
  5. Encourage others to share exactly as you did🙂

This Next Recipe Coming Soon ….

Photo by Gale E

Photo by Gale E

 


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Life May Be Better Than You Think

the journey is the destination

“He holds success in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless.” Proverbs 2:7

“And David had success in all his undertakings, for the Lord was with him.” 1 Samuel 18:14

“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” ~ Winston Churchill

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The journey really is the destination, if that makes sense. How else would we be able to experience different life lessons, learn from them and move on? In today’s chaotic world of deadlines, commitments, errands and keeping it all together, you may tend to think you are a failure. You might even be disappointed for not being further along on your life path BUT let us pause for a moment and do some self searching because you might just be a little more successful than you think.

First however, a disclaimer: being successful does not automatically equate to the amount of cash in your bank account, the size of your house or your car, or how high you may be sitting on the corporate totem pole …  With that out of the way and to reinforce a better concept of success, here are 20 Signs You’re Succeeding In Life Even If You Don’t Feel You Are written by Carol Morgan on www.lifehack.org and after reading leave me a comment or two letting me know just how successful you really are right about now. Someone in your family or a friend who needs to be reminded how successful they are? Share this post so they will know for sure!

Excerpt

“We all feel like failures from time to time. While this is a normal feeling, you have to find a way to see yourself and your life from a different perspective. Sometimes we ignore the “little things.” Just because you are not a millionaire, don’t live in a mansion, and you don’t drive a fancy car, that doesn’t mean you’re a failure. In fact, it’s quite the contrary.

Here are 20 signs that you are succeeding in life:

1. Your relationships are less dramatic than they used to be.
Drama is not maturity. As we age, we should develop maturity. So maybe your relationships were drama-filled in your past, but if you have moved beyond that, then you are successful.

2. You are not afraid to ask for help and support any more.
Asking for help does not equal weakness. In fact, it is a strength. No person has ever succeeded in isolation. It takes teamwork to accomplish goals. Asking or help is a sign that you have grown as a person.

3. You have raised your standards.
You don’t tolerate bad behavior any more – from other people, or even yourself. You hold people accountable for their actions. You don’t spend time with the “energy vampires” in your life anymore.”  Read more ….